Annihilation: A Novel: Movie Tie-In Edition (Southern Reach Trilogy)

ISBN: 9780374537159
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Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition. The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers--they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding--but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.
Product Details

Publisher,Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date,
Format, Paperback
Weight, 158.76 g
No. of Pages, 195

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Annihilation: A Novel

Really good books. Very different. Very atmospheric and different than anything else I've ever read.

I read part of this trilogy off the page and listened to some of it on audiobook. And looking back, I wish I'd read the entire thing off the page. I think it would have been a better overall experience that way.

Great book

This story is somewhat creepy and very mysterious. We have scant clues to figure out what happened on previous missions and why the current mission isn’t going so well either. On top of that our biologist is an unreliable narrator. We know she is changing, but how? Is she simply losing her mind or is there more going on than can be rationally explained? The idea of crossing boundaries is huge in this story so much so that the psychologist must hypnotize other team members so they can safely cross the border into Area X. This made me think of Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter where a drug is used to allow our mind to drop the barriers and see the dimensions that are all around us. Is something like that going on here? I don’t know, but it was an interesting touch.

worth reading

Really good books. Very different. Very atmospheric.


This book is amazing. One of my all time favorites in Science Fiction.
Paranoia, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, and so much more. This book is great all the way through. I love the oddly alien world of Area X, where we only know as much as our narrator, the biologist, who's internal voice is refreshingly unique and fun to ride along with. DEFINITELY worth a read.